Fisker Ocean SUV passes FMVSS testing, awaits official EPA range certification in US

Fisker has announced that its Ocean SUV has completed and passed all applicable FMVSS testing required for self-certification by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The vehicle also meets New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) standards for a 5-star rating.

The company utilized an internationally recognized agency to conduct the testing. Fisker anticipates that if the NHTSA selects the Ocean for testing it will be awarded an official 5-star rating.

“Fisker engineered the structure of the Fisker Ocean to achieve a five-star crash rating according to the NCAP,” said Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker. “An official five-star rating will now be possible should NHTSA select a Fisker Ocean for testing.”

The company also recently received WLTP certification in Europe for its Extreme trim level, which has a range of 707 km (440 miles). Fisker expects full European regulatory approval by the end of April, with customer deliveries to follow.

Fisker is pursuing an official Certificate of Conformity (CoC) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to validate the Fisker Ocean Extreme range. The company has provided the agency with a complete vehicle description and range test data recorded during a rolling road test at an independent, third-party test laboratory. Fisker is also pursuing a California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification in California and 17 other jurisdictions in the US.

The company plans to ramp up production on April 20, 2023, for vehicles planned for European delivery. Fisker intends to utilize a dual-homologation approach for Europe and the US, with European deliveries preceding North America. The company changed its strategy in the first quarter of the year, building some units for internal use to maintain production readiness and avoid holding inventory that the company could not deliver in Europe or the US.

Despite waiting for the EPA to provide a firm date for certification, Fisker is confident that the agency will confirm the estimated 350 mile (563km) range for the Fisker Ocean Extreme. The company will have a separate ramp-up for units destined for the US, which is estimated to start in the first week of May.

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